Sing a song of Lanark

Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM.

The bathing pavilion and pier were destroyed. A train carrying passengers to the inn was picked up and blown more than 100 yards from the track and 30 miles of track were destroyed.

During the same storm, the train depot in Carrabelle and most of the town were flattened, and McIntyre erased from the face of the earth.

Eventually, the railroad was repaired and the Lanark Inn reopened but never regained its former glory.

With the resources of timber and turpentine greatly depleted, the syndicate faltered and the railroad went into receivership in 1926. By 1928, automobiles were increasingly common and railroad service to Carrabelle was greatly reduced.

In November 1929, the Apalachicola Times wrote that new roads made the drive from Tallahassee to Carrabelle “a joy.”

By this time, Prohibition was in full swing and this too had an effect on Lanark. During the summer of 1928, the inn was raided for serving alcohol. In Sept. 1929, the sheriff mustered deputies to search the swamp between Carrabelle and Lanark for rumrunners and their merchandise believed to have been off loaded on Dog Island.

The paper never reports the bootleggers were found.

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